By Sara A. Carter
The Washington Times
April 16, 2008
Pentagon officials are seeking authority, now held by the State Department, to oversee funding for foreign militaries.
The State Department agrees with the change, but some lawmakers are concerned.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates yesterday asked members of the House Armed Services Committee to approve the change.
“For a long time, programs like the State Department’s foreign military financing were of minimal interest to the U.S. armed forces,” Mr. Gates told the committee. “That our military would one day need to build large amounts of partner capacity to fulfill its mission is something that was not anticipated. … The attacks of 9/11 and the operations that have followed around the globe reinforced to military planners that the security of America’s partners is essential to America’s own security.”